Kohli now only behind Sachin and Ponting

India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday has taken himself to a new height as he surpassed former Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya by hammering 29th ODI century in the fourth of the ongoing five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ কোহলির সামনে শুধু টেন্ডুলকার ও পন্টিং]

With the hundred, Kohli, who hammered his seventh ODI century against Sri Lanka, is now the third batsman with most ODI hundreds in the world.

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It will now only take the 28-year old to make another century to equal Ricky Ponting ’s record of 30 ODI hundreds.

Currently, the former Indian batting stalwart Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 49 hundreds in the limited overs format.

However, the Delhi right-hander’s, getting to 29 hundreds in just 185 innings gives him the best average of scoring a hundred every six innings.

Kohli, who hadn’t scored in double figures in this ODI series before today’s match, took only 76 balls to reach to his 29th century. It was his fourth within 80 balls in an ODIs.

Earlier, three of the destructive batsmen cricket world ever seen, Adam Gilchrist, Shahid Afridi and Jos Buttler have also hit four ODI hundreds in less 80 balls. However, the list is headed by Sanath Jayasuriya and AB De Villiers (both 8 times), followed by Virender Sehwag, who has done so on seven occasions.

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com